JAPAN | Saga governor asks govt to clarify conditions

Posted on July 7, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Thursday, July 07, 2011 12:58 +0900 (JST)

The governor of Saga Prefecture has asked the Japanese government to clarify conditions for resuming operations at a local nuclear plant.

Governor Yasushi Furukawa met Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano at the prime minister’s office on Thursday. The meeting comes a day after the central government decided to conduct the so-called “stress tests” on all nuclear power plants in the country.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordered the tests even though industry minister Banri Kaieda had earlier assured local residents that the Genkai plant was safe for a restart.

Governor Furukawa said that although the additional safety checks are welcome, the residents of Genkai town are increasingly confused by the apparent disagreement within the Cabinet.

Edano apologized for the mishandling of the matter, and promised to sort things out as soon as possible.

Furukawa later told reporters the biggest problem is that there’s no way of knowing the government’s real intentions. He said if the government can accept keeping the Genkai plant idle, there is no reason to resume operations.

The governor added that a restart of 2 suspended reactors at the facility will be postponed until after the stress test. Plans for the tests are expected to be drawn up in about a week.

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